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Analog Semiconductors Stocks Q4 Results: Benchmarking Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS)


Radek Strnad /
2022/03/31 8:28 am EDT
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Looking back on analog semiconductors stocks' Q4 earnings, we examine this quarters’ best and worst performers, including Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) and its peers.

Demand for analog chips is generally linked to the overall level of economic growth, as analog chips serve as the building blocks of most electronic goods and equipment. The biggest secular growth drivers currently are the adoption of electric vehicles, 5G networks and Internet of Things connectivity, and demand for chips that reduce power consumption. Unlike digital chip designers, analog chip makers tend to produce the majority of their own chips, as analog chip production does not require expensive leading edge nodes. Less dependent on major secular growth drivers, analog product cycles are much longer, often 5-7 years.

The 9 analog semiconductors stocks we track reported a strong Q4; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 2.68%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 4.03% above consensus. Technology stocks have been hit hard on fears of higher interest rates, but analog semiconductors stocks held their ground better than others, with the share price up 2.73% since earnings, on average.

Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS)

Result of a merger of Alpha Industries and the wireless communications division of Conexant, Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS) is a designer and manufacturer of chips used in smartphones, autos, and industrial applications to amplify, filter, and process wireless signals.

Skyworks Solutions reported revenues of $1.51 billion, flat 0.02% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weaker quarter for the company, with a slow revenue growth and an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.

“Skyworks delivered strong first quarter results, with double-digit sequential growth in both revenue and earnings per share,” said Liam K. Griffin, chairman, CEO and president of Skyworks.

Skyworks Solutions Total Revenue

Skyworks Solutions delivered the slowest revenue growth of the whole group. The stock is down 1.54% since the results and currently trades at $136.40.

Is now the time to buy Skyworks Solutions? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Best Q4: ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON)

Spun out of Motorola in 1999, and built through a series of acquisitions, ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ: ON) is a global provider of analog chips with specialization in autos, industrial applications, and power management in cloud data centers.

ON Semiconductor reported revenues of $1.84 billion, up 27.6% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 3.08%. It was an impressive quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin and a beat on the bottom line.

ON Semiconductor Total Revenue

The stock is up 12.7% since the results and currently trades at $64.76.

Is now the time to buy ON Semiconductor? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q4: Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST)

Originally a temperature sensor control maker and part of Texas Instruments for 60 years, before eventually being spun out, Sensata Technology Holdings (NYSE: ST) is a leading supplier of analog sensors used in industrial and transportation applications, best known for its dominant position in the tire pressure monitoring systems in cars.

Sensata Technologies reported revenues of $934.5 million, up 3.1% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.73%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and a decline in gross margin.

The stock is down 9.29% since the results and currently trades at $52.01.

Read our full analysis of Sensata Technologies's results here.

Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ:MPWR)

Founded in 1997 by its longtime CEO Michael Hsing, Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR) is an analog and mixed signal chipmaker that specializes in power management chips meant to minimize total energy consumption.

Monolithic Power Systems reported revenues of $336.5 million, up 44.3% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 4.57%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a beat on the bottom line and guidance for the next quarter above analyst estimates.

The stock is up 19.9% since the results and currently trades at $488.40.

Read our full, actionable report on Monolithic Power Systems here, it's free.

NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI)

Spun off from Dutch electronics giant Philips in 2006, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) is a designer and manufacturer of chips used in autos, industrial manufacturing, mobile devices, and communications infrastructure.

NXP Semiconductors reported revenues of $3.03 billion, up 21.2% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.19%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin.

The stock is down 8.17% since the results and currently trades at $188.64.

Read our full, actionable report on NXP Semiconductors here, it's free.

The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned